Towards a Standardized User Model for Personalized Systems in Health

  • Carolina Rico Olarte Universidad del Cauca, Popayán
  • Edwar Javier Girón Buitrón Universidad del Cauca, Popayán
  • Gineth Magaly Cerón Ríos Universidad del Cauca, Popayán
  • Diego Mauricio López Gutiérrez Universidad del Cauca, Popayán
Keywords: user model, PHR, personalized systems, promotion in health, physical activity, healthy diet.


The definition of a user model supports personalization in computer-based systems. For a personalized system in health, which supports the promotion of healthy habits and lifestyles, in particular physical activity and healthy diet, a user model according to the ISO/TR 14292 standard for Personal Health Records [PHR] is proposed. The description of the standardized user model includes: a characterization of the user model; the proposed user model according to the ISO standard; the relationships and inferences of the user model; and reference architecture for the system to be developed. Finally, a prototype with a small dataset is implemented and some possible mockups supporting the proposed architecture are designed.

Author Biographies

Carolina Rico Olarte, Universidad del Cauca, Popayán

Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications student from the Universidad del Cauca, Colombia, with expertise in software development and personal health records (PHR), and particular interest in knowledge management from ICT. Currently she is working with personalized systems habits and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Edwar Javier Girón Buitrón, Universidad del Cauca, Popayán

Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications student from the Universidad del Cauca, Colombia, qualified in classification techniques, gamification and data processing, and particular interest in KDD processes and gamification in education and health. Currently he is working with custom systems habits and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Gineth Magaly Cerón Ríos, Universidad del Cauca, Popayán

Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Master in Telematics Engineering and candidate to Ph.D. in Telematics Engineering of the Universidad del Cauca, Colombia. His areas of interest are the telematic services, cloud services and software product quality. She is currently a researcher at the line of e-Health in the development of projects to promote habits and healthy lifestyles supported in ICT, and modeling and implementation of personalized systems to health.

Diego Mauricio López Gutiérrez, Universidad del Cauca, Popayán


Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer (1999) and Master in Telematics (2005) from the Universidad del Cauca, and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences area for Health Information (2008), University of Regensburg, Germany. Since 2000 he has been professor of the Department of Telematics at the Universidad del Cauca, where he leads the research in computer and telecommunications applied to health (e-health). He is a member of the Board of the HL7 Colombia Foundation. He has participated and worked as reviewer and member of the program committee of conferences and journals in the area of e-health and has published more than 60 papers in journals and national and international conferences. His main areas of interest are interoperability and information systems architectures, software development processes, standards in e-health, information systems in public health and mobile health (m-Health).


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